Botox can be a great option for those looking for a way to take a few years off their face in a simple, quick procedure. As a non-invasive procedure, it can be safe and painless and does not require much recovery time. However, although Botox is safe for many people, women that are pregnant should think twice about getting – or continuing – Botox treatments. With chemicals involved in the process, women should heed the warning that this is not for everyone, and make an informed decision before getting botox treatments. There are more risks involved with Botox treatments when you are pregnant, and you should take into account the fact that these chemicals could potentially be harmful for you and your (future) child.
What Is Botox?
Botox is made from the chemical, Botulinum toxin. Although safe when administered by a medical professional, the toxin is actually a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that can cause negative side effects. Botox prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon endings at the neuromuscular junction, (effectively paralyzing muscle in the area it is injected which is what works to make you look younger with less wrinkles. However, if administered incorrectly, Botox can cause muscle weakness and flaccid paralysis. There are also serious negative side-effects that can happen in rare cases, and there is no guarantee that you will not experience them. That said, when you are pregnant, it simply is not worth taking the chance.
What Are Potential Side Effects Of Botox?
Like with any medical procedure, there are risks and dangers involved with Botox. In rare cases, Botox can lead to weakness in other areas of the body and impair your normal mobility. Botulinum toxin can also cause life-threatening side effects, and is something that should be taken seriously. Possible side-effects of Botox include:
- allergic reactions
- neck or back pain
- muscle stiffness
- difficulty swallowing
- shortness of breath
- stomach pain
- loss of appetite
- muscle weakness
- injection site reactions
*Although there is a lack of evidence to support the case that any of the aforementioned symptoms can affect your baby, the simple lack of evidence is reason enough for many doctors to advise against using Botox while pregnant. While negative side-effects of Botox are rare, they can be serious (such as difficulty breathing and swallowing) and do pose risks on your and your newborn’s health, as well as your ability to perform safe and successful childbirth.
Conclusion: Is Getting Botox Treatment While Pregnant Worth It?
There are many reasons that women get Botox treatments, and although they can be beneficial, they are not for everybody. Women that are pregnant need to be informed and think twice about all the side effects that the treatment can have on their body, as well as how it can affect their child. Knowing exactly what is being put in your body, and what effects it could have will help you to make an informed decision about whether or not you wish to continue Botox treatments while pregnant.
Remember, when using Botox, you are taking a risk that these side effects will not only affect you but possibly (in the event that you are pregnant) your baby. At the end of the day, you are still putting toxin(s) in your body, and it is always better to err on the side of caution, especially when pregnant.
Where Do I Get More Information?
If you are still looking for more information and want to speak to a medical professional, contact Elume Medspa to get any questions that you would like answered. Their experienced providers can address any specific concerns or questions that you may have, and help your understand the risks and potential side effects that can occur when getting Botox treatments while pregnant. Moreover, if you have recently discovered you are pregnant and choose to discontinue your Botox treatments, Elume can help you know what to expect, and help reschedule your treatments for a time that accommodates both you and your child. Contact Elume Medspa today for more information or assistance!